Have you received a phone call informing you that you’ve won the lottery? Have you received an email congratulating you on winning the jackpot and asking you of your personal details to transfer the money to your account? If your answer is ‘no’ then you are the lucky one but you must be aware of other tricks that people can play on you to steal your money. Here are some tips that’ll help you to avoid getting caught in a lottery scam.

  1. Never ever play a foreign lottery unless:
    • You have sufficient proof that the authority who runs and administer the games are legitimate.
  2. If any person calls you informing you that you’ve won a lottery:
    • NEVER ever give your account number or credit card details to him/her.
  3. There are many people out there that will tell you that they have a secret system that will allow you to pick the numbers that have a greater probability of being drawn. First of all, let us make this absolutely clear to you that such a system does not exist. The whole lottery drama is a game of probabilities and no one can predict with accuracy that which numbers will be withdrawn in the next lucky draw.
  4. If a person calls you informing that you’ve just won a jackpot and that they need you to transfer some money to their account so that your jackpot money can be released, you must immediately treat it as a red flag. Remember that none of the US lotteries require you to deposit a certain amount to withdraw your money.

If you’ve been getting such calls then you should not only just avoid it rather you should file a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission. You can contact them at 877-FTC-HELP (877-382-4357).

Now that you know how to detect such scams, it would be great if you start buying lottery tickets with the spare change in your pocket on your way back to home from work. You can purchase a lottery ticket from a nearby news agency or purchase it online and pray that nature chose you as the next millionaire of the US.